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In the United States and other English speaking countries, we celebrate Columbus Day, or Native American Day.
In Latin America, however, they call this day Dia De La Raza, Day of the Race.
History of La Dia de la Raza

Dia De La Raza is celebrated on October 12 in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

It was first celebrated in Argentina in 1921. This is celebrated for the thousands of Indians who marched through Guatemala City to mark what they called "The Day of Continent-wide Indigenous People's Resistance". It lasted only a day, an is known in Latin America as Day of the Race, and to others as Columbus Day.

Dia De La Raza celebrates the heritage, colonization, and cultural diversity of Latin America.

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There has been conflict with the Native Americans throughout history due to this controversial holiday.
  • Columbus had treated the Native Americans with great cruelty upon his arrival to the Americas.
  • Columbus and his crew brought many un-known disease to the New World
  • In the Summer of 1990, 350 Native Americans from all over the globe, met in Ecuador to argue against the celebration of Columbus day.

Nowadays, Dia De La Raza is not a big celebration, because millions of people were worked to death, massacred and killed by diseases brought by the European. Throughout Hispanic countries, Dia De La Raza marks the beginning of Hispanic culture. In most countries, the celebration is the appreciation of Hispanic culture.

But in countries like Venezuala for example, they celebrate "Día de la Resistencia Indígena," or "Day of Indigenous Resistance." It was known as Dia de la Raza and on October 12th they would celebrate what Americans would consider Columbus day. But in 2002, they came up with the "Day of Indigenous Resistance" to celebrate the resistance of the indegenious peoples, or the pre-Colombian inhabitants of the Americas and their generations of family, against the Spanish colonolization of the Americas.
Día de la Resistencia Indígena

The unique style of Latin American food is one of many things celebrated on Dia De La Raza:
  • Tamales: Cornmeal dough wrapped and cooked with corn and other vegetables
How to Make Tamales
  • The Trinidad pastille: Varieties of meats and seasonings wrapped and cooked in a banana leaf
Costa Rica

Costa Rica History:

  • The first explorer to find Costa Rica was Christopher ColumbusThe first explorer to find Costa Rica was Christopher Columbus
  • Costa Rica was named meaning Rich Coast
  • More Costa Rica History.

Costa Rica Arts:
  • Santa Ana, Costa Rica holds many famous artists such as Christina Fournier. Many of these artists became a group known as Group of New Sensibility, which captured Costa Rica and all of its vibrant colors.

Costa Rica Music:
  • In 1970, Costa Rica became known for classic music in the National Symphony Orchestra, Gerald Brown leading the orchestra
  • Costa Rica also supports a theater community, supposedly holding the most theater companies than any other country

More Information On Costa Rica Culture and Arts

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Traditions celebrated on Dia de la Raza:
  • Extravegant fiestas that include dancing, singing, and bullfights are common
  • In Cancun, people will have all night revelries where late into the night all the tourists and villagers will go out into the streets to be greeted by dancers, streamers, pinatas, games and more!
More on Cancun all-night revelries